Master of Science in Applied Exercise & Health Science

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise and Health Science (AEHS) is a 36 semester-hour graduate program in kinesiology that offers concentrations in Exercise Physiology or Sport Management.

The program can be completed as a full-time student over four consecutive semesters or over a longer period of time as a part-time student. Most program classes will be scheduled in late afternoons and early evenings to allow working professionals to pursue advanced preparation with minimum disruption to ongoing career commitments. The curriculum is comprised of a Program Core (9 hours), a Concentration Core (15 hours) in either Exercise Physiology or Sport Management, a Capstone Experience (3-9 hours), and approved electives (3-9 hours).

  • A 36 semester-hour program with a concentration in exercise physiology or sport management;
  • A choice among three capstone experiences to suit student career goals;
  • Full-time and part-time enrollment options with classes one day per week in the early evening;
  • State-of-the-art building which provides study areas, computer labs, graduate lounge, and private group meeting areas for students;
  • Graduate Research Assistant opportunities available;
  • Field experience opportunities in local, national, and international exercise and sport organizations;
  • Instruction in our state-of-the-art human performance lab.


General Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in exercise science, sports management, or another relevant field from a nationally accredited institution with a major GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Applicants from other disciplines or related fields will be considered for admission with evidence of foundational coursework related to the degree. Work experience in the field may provide sufficient background to permit entry into the program.
  • International applicants are subject to the university's requirements for admission.
  • A combined total score of 290 (new scale) or higher in the verbal and quantitative categories on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination is expected. A higher GPA, or other compensating factors, may offset lower GRE scores.
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program.
  • Two references (preferably from academic sources).
  • A student may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from other nationally accredited institutions. To be transferred, coursework from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State University's MS AEHS curriculum. The student must provide course description and syllabus for consideration and the amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the program director. A minimum grade of "B" must have been received in the course and the coursework must be no more than five years old. See the graduate program coordinator begin the transfer process.


All students take a basic core of courses focusing on research methods, statistical analysis, and administrative skills. Students choose an area of concentration for further study in either Exercise Physiology or Sport Management and then conclude with a capstone experience applicable to their concentration. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to meet the unique career goals of students.

The Exercise Physiology Concentration focuses on the physiological responses/adaptations to exercise through laboratory-based activities and exposure to research investigation. The typical Exercise Physiology student will take the core, concentration, and elective classes during all semesters of the program. For the capstone experience, students typically choose from an applied project completed in a single semester, or a research-intensive thesis completed over two semesters. The administrative field experience option is also available.

The Sport Management Concentration focuses on sport and the sports industry through the study of managerial principles and participation in applied experiences to prepare for careers in the sport, recreation, and fitness industries. The typical Sport Management student will take the core, concentration, and elective classes prior to the final semester of the program. The final semester will conclude with a full-time administrative field experience in a sports organization as a capstone project. The program also offers project and thesis options for students who prefer a research-focused capstone experience.

Program Core (9 hours)

  • EHS 6100 - Research Methods in Sports and Exercise
  • EHS 6200 - Statistical Methods in Sports and Exercise
  • EHS 6300 - Leadership and Administration in Sports and Exercise

Select one Concentration (15 hours)

Exercise Physiology Concentration

  • EHS 6510 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • EHS 6520 - Exercise Psychology
  • EHS 6530 - Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology
  • EHS 6540 - Bioenergetic and Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise
  • EHS 6550 - Cardiovascular and Clinical Physiology

Sport Management Concentration

  • EHS 6410 - Trends and Issues in Sports and Exercise
  • EHS 6420 - Sports Sponsorship and Promotion
  • EHS 6430 - Advanced Sports Economics
  • EHS 6440 - Sports Media and Communication
  • EHS 6450 - Sports Facility and Event Management

Electives (3-9 hours)

  • EHS 7410 - Sports and the Law
  • EHS 7510 - Epidemiology
  • EHS 7520 - Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • EHS 7530 - Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • EHS 7540 - Environmental Physiology
  • EHS 7750 - Special Topics in Applied Exercise and Health Science
  • EHS 7760 - Directed Study in Applied Exercise and Health Science

Capstone Experience (3-9 hours, choose one experience)

  • EHS 7800 - Administrative Field Experience (3-9 hours, variable-credit course)
  • EHS 7850 - Master's Project in Applied Exercise and Health Science (3 hours)
  • EHS 7900 - Master's Thesis (6 hours, 3-hour course repeated over two semesters)

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Graduate Research Assistants

Each academic year, the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management selects at least four students for Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions. These appointments can be for one or two semesters. GRA work assignments are with individual faculty members, in one of our research labs, or assisting with course instruction. Normally students are hired between June–August for Fall semester and October–January for Spring semester.

Capstone Experience

The culmination of the Applied Exercise and Health Science program is a 3-9 credit hour Capstone Experience.

Students will select one of the following three options:

1. EHS 7800 Administrative Field Experience (3-9 hours, variable credit course)

The Administrative Field Experience is a 120-360 hour experience (depending upon credit hour selection) in an approved setting where students have the opportunity to enhance their administrative and supervisory skills. Students work directly under the supervision of a Graduate faculty member and an on-site supervisor at the internship site. All students are responsible for the completion of a project which allows them to integrate their academic preparation through problem-solving or program implementation in a worksite setting. This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

2. EHS 7850 Master's Project in AEHS (3 hours)

The Master’s Project is a capstone experience that leads to the development of an exercise science and/or health promotion product. This product can be in one of many forms such as a publishable journal article, teaching aid, instructional videotape, program or facility development, website, online course materials, lab manual, curriculum development, etc. Students will work directly under the supervision of a Graduate faculty member. This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

3. EHS 7900 Master's Thesis (3 hours) repeat once

The research-based Master’s Thesis is a capstone experience that leads to the development and writing of a thesis under the supervision of a Graduate faculty member and the oversight of a Thesis Committee composed of at least two additional Graduate faculty. The Master’s Thesis (EHS 7900) is repeated once; therefore, it will require at least two consecutive semesters to complete. During the first semester, students will develop the research prospectus which will include the proposed title, background about the topic, review of the literature, and a description of the scientific methods that will be utilized for the research. In addition, students are required to complete the KSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for the use of human subjects if applicable. During semester two, students will complete the data collection, analysis, write up, and defense of the thesis. This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 29, 2019
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290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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